Learn, Participate, Conserve
We're putting the final touches on the quiz today then we'll be testing, testing, testing before we submit. We can't wait for the new version to be available on the App Store. If you have the old version, you won't recognize it when you update! We've included new Quick ID slides, and more poison oak photos from our last trip west. It is SO MUCH EASIER to navigate and has a fresh new look and feel. Psyched!
2017 will be THE year to become involved! Let us know your plans to help the environment during these uncertain times
Here we are, officially into 2017, and many Americans are trying to figure out how best to contribute to the well-being of our planet now that we are faced with a dramatic shift in the importance of our environment to our government. Naturedigger pledges to contribute to national and international conservation by offering free apps to the public, non profit organizations, universities and state and federal agencies. We will participate in citizen science projects ourselves by planting pollinator gardens and harvesting aquatic invasive species, as well as educating the public about the many opportunities they can participate in, so they can make a difference. Now that you know what we're doing, what are YOU planning to do this year? We would like to hear how you plan to make a difference in your community or globally. We will feature your responses in next month's post. Be sure to leave your name if you want it included in the post, and if you are involved with an organization you think people should know about, leave the link as well. Use the "Contact Us" button below to leave your response!
Photo by Naturedigger: Volunteer planting a pollinator garden
The U.S. is plagued by hundreds of destructive upland invasive species, however, one of THE most aggressive is kudzu. This vine was introduced from Asia in the 1800's as an ornamental plant, and later as cattle food and soil erosion prevention. Today, when we think of kudzu, commonly known as "the vine that ate the south," we picture it's green leaves and vines carpeting miles and miles of trees and shrubs along highways in the southern U.S. When the leaves are dormant in the winter, you will see what appears to be graveyards of smothered vegetation as seen here. Devastation caused by kudzu is unimaginable, and many species are lost due to its unstoppable growth (about a foot a day during growing season) and its ability to completely entomb trees, shrubs and herbaceous ground cover. By blocking sunlight, (halting photosynthesis), weighing down weakened trees and shrubs, and replacing native herbaceous species, habitats are being altered and wildlife (mammals, birds and pollinators) is at risk where kudzu is present.